4 Simple Steps to Deter Cyber-Bullies

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When you’re being cyber-bullied, it’s so tempting to come back at the trolls with the same vitriol they lash against you. When you’re being attacked online nonstop, the urge to do so can grow so strong that it almost physically hurts not to.

I totally get that because I’ve been there. It’s a natural human reaction to defend ourselves when we’re attacked. However, it’s no secret that when targets do push back against their bullies, the bullies will weaponize the target’s perfectly normal reaction. They will use it against the target to make them look like the instigator.

Understand that when bullies attack, their goal is to bait you into an emotional reaction so they can use it against you. In doing this, the cyber-bully’s goal is to mar your reputation, destroy your credibility, and therefore, paint you as the villain.

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Don’t take the bait!

Understand that when we’re emotional, the logical brain completely shuts down and renders us unable to think clearly. Consequently, emotion can cause us to make mistakes. We’re likely to say (or type) something out of anger that the bullies can spin to fit their narrative.

This is why it’s so important that we keep our heads and find better ways to respond. Notice I said respond instead of “react.”

Just as you would never feed a bear, you should also never feed a troll.

And the best way not to feed a troll but to respond effectively and successfully is what I call the SBRE response.

SBRE- Screenshot, Block, Report, Expose.

Always screenshot for evidence against the cyber-bully before blocking. You’ve heard the old saying that “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  Therefore, you need hard evidence to prove cyber-bullying. Screenshots are the hardest evidence you can gather.

Cyber-bullies aren’t stupid. They are more likely to attack you on forums like Messenger because it’s a private message platform. Unlike ten to fifteen years ago, most won’t attack you publicly on Facebook. Messenger is their platform of choice because of the privacy.

Moreover, if you can, let it percolate a little- give them time to post multiple attacks. Doing this will establish a pattern. Respond with innocent comebacks like, “I’m sorry you feel that way” or “You seem so angry.” Responding this way baits the bully to stay on the attack and give you time to gather evidence. Screenshot each attack and store each photo in a folder entitled, “Screenshots.

Also, you can give no response at all and watch as the troll becomes redundant in their attacks. As mentioned, the objective here is to establish a pattern of cyber-bullying by this individual and gather evidence of it.

Remember Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.” The trick is to let the enemy destroy himself.”


Block the cyber-bully to protect yourself from future attacks. Once you block the person, be on the lookout for a sudden barrage of friend requests from people with fake screen names, blank profile pictures, and pictures of cartoons or animals. And never accept friend requests from these people.


After blocking, report the bullies, describing in detail how long they’ve harassed you and use the screenshots as evidence.

And now, the fun part!


Expose the cyber-trolls by plastering the screenshots all over social media and the internet. Out them! Expose them for the creeps they really are, not only to humiliate them, but more importantly, to protect others from falling victim to their attacks in the future. Because you would never want what you’ve endured to happen to anyone else!

Cyber-bullies are the worst and most cowardly. However, if you play your cards right and use the SBRE response like I did a few years ago, you will be so surprised how quickly your cyber-bullies will disappear, and you will once again be free to surf the internet in peace.

With knowledge comes empowerment!

4 thoughts on “4 Simple Steps to Deter Cyber-Bullies

  1. Jeanne says:

    The blog account I used as a home-school project had a problem that sort of fits and we more or less followed this advice to successfully deal with the situation… If I sound vague, it is because the blog was supposedly written by one of the family cats and the kids wrote the posts and did the photos – I did minor edits…. They are both now out of high school, so it is no longer a home-school-project, though that cat is still sassy as ever. Our troll-woes began during a sort of transition phase, where content was changing slightly – “Carol” a.k.a. “Array” did NOT like the change and had the nerve to tell – in a very rude tone – what we could and could not post…. As you suggested, we let this simmer for a while and collected about 15 pages of ‘evidence’. Then, we posted this https://purrseidon.wordpress.com/2022/07/25/on-narcissists/ and aside from a furious comment about us not having permission to give out ‘her’ phone number, we’ve been free from that unwanted drama.
    Bottom line, this method works!

    • Cherie White says:

      Thank you so much for telling us about your experience with these kinds of trolls, Jeanne. I remember you telling me about it when it was happening and I’m so glad you shared this with the readers. You and I are living proof that, yes, this works like a charm!

  2. 80smetalman says:

    As always, Cherie, this is great advice. On the other hand, I am grateful that I’ve never been cyber-bullied. I have had a couple of a**holes who have hurled insults at me because my opinion on a subject was different than theirs. I usually respond with something like, “I must have made a good point if you have to result to using insults.” That works for me.

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